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Once offered by only a handful of lines, Christmas Market river cruises are gaining popularity.
Beginning around November 25th and spilling over to December 25th, long after the last market has shuttered but in full-swing for the busy Holiday season, Christmas Market river cruises are great for those looking to make family memories. Continue reading
By Vacation Travel Consultant, Katie Tappa
No matter what time of year you visit the wonderful world of Disney, there is magic to behold. A Disney Christmas vacation is uniquely special though in that it is unlike any other season. This truly magnificent place comes to life in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite reasons to visit Mickey and the gang this holiday season.
5. Unique Snacks
Every winter, Disney’s California Adventure Park welcomes the Festival of the Holidays; a culinary celebration of Holiday traditions from around the world. This is the perfect time to skip a table service reservation and snack your way around the park instead. There are plenty of sweets, snacks, and sippers to satisfy any mouseketeer! Not to be outdone, a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Florida includes hot cocoa, Christmas cookies, and other goodies at select locations throughout Magic Kingdom. What better way to enjoy all of the holiday magic than with a tasty treat in hand?
4. Festive Decorations
Disney has a unique style, and the holidays are certainly no exception. With hundreds of decorated Christmas trees spread all over the Disney parks, hotels and in both Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, you could easily spend a whole evening enjoying their beauty. Each year, Cinderella Castle in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle in California are frozen over (I suspect there is a queen to blame for that) with more than 200,000 Christmas lights. Experience sights and sounds that ring in the season perfectly and are not available any other time of year.
3. Jolly Parades
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might have the balloons, but at Disney parades are all about the characters. Both Disney parks seamlessly blend together classic Christmas characters (a certain holly jolly man) and the Disney characters you know and love. In Florida, you’ll enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and in California there’s A Christmas Fantasy. Each parade tells a unique story, while still combining elements fans have come to love. Once you hear the wooden clap of toy soldiers marching down Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll know that Christmastime is here.
2. Ride Overlays
California really shines in this category. For the holiday season Disneyland overlays three of its most famous rides with special Christmas themes. The classic Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington and his friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the quirky and wonderful Jungle Cruise becomes Jingle Cruise, and It’s a Small World is adorned with more than half a million Christmas lights. These grand, beautiful thematic changes create a whole new ride experience for guests that can only be enjoyed during this time of year. Walt Disney World is starting to add a few enhancements to their rides at Magic Kingdom, so hopefully we’ll have even more new experiences in the Christmases to come!
1. Magical Moments
Truly, the most magical memories that will be made on your Disney Christmas vacation are the ones you can’t plan and that you experience in the moment. Disney and its cast members find ways to create surprises for even the most organized itinerary. You may wake up at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to find Stitch scamming through the presents under the lobby’s beautiful ocean-themed Christmas tree. Or, while strolling down Main Street U.S.A, holding hands with your loved one, you may suddenly feel something cool brush your cheek – it’s that magical Disney snow flurrying around you. No one does magic better than Disney, and there is no time of the year more magical than the holidays.
Find out what those moments might be for your family by contacting one of our Disney Dream Team Specialists or call 888.369.8785.
A guest post by Rose Gray
A story I still think about to this day starts 30 years ago, when I was at the beginning of my career as a travel consultant. My best friend’s father owned an electrical contracting company and he decided to give a four-day Caribbean cruise with airfare to his 20 employees and their guests, and he needed my help with these secret arrangements.
Our planning started by finding the best time for this grand getaway. Due to January and February freezing people over, we decided those were the best months for travel. Next, my friend’s father methodically planned a schedule that allowed each supervisor, four-member team and their spouses to travel together. I then went through the process of putting together airport transfers, airfare, transfers in Fort Lauderdale to the pier, and a magnificent four-day Caribbean cruise in a balcony cabin for each group. After our hard work, I was excited to hear about the reactions of his employees.
Sky Princess is the newest addition to the luxurious fleet of Princess ships. Sky Princess elevates the distinctive, contemporary design and luxurious attractions of our renowned Royal-class ships to even loftier heights. You can look forward to Princess’ most exciting entertainment venues yet, new dining choices and award-winning chef partnerships, as well as more staterooms than ever to relax in. And that’s just the start!
With top restaurants, renowned cookery schools, great produce and vibrant delis – Ireland is one of Europe’s top gourmet destinations, so why not go on a voyage of discovery to really tickle the taste buds? Explore Ireland’s rich, bounteous larder and discover a raft of excellent fresh produce, glisteningly fresh seafood, and some of the best fine dining in Europe.
Travel disruptions are inevitable. Consider that last year alone there were more than 100 major events (hurricanes, tropical storms, active volcanoes, earthquakes and named winter storms) that impacted travel. According to FlightGlobal, 3.6 million flights were canceled or delayed greater than 30 minutes in 2017. That’s nearly one of every 10 flights globally.
Written by Colleen Alsberg
Fox World Travel Tour Manager
There’s something about Ireland that draws you in. Maybe it’s the relaxing, rolling green hills of the Irish countryside, dotted with sheep and beautiful field rock fences. Maybe it’s the diversity of the scenery, from stately castle ruins, or the stark, desolate Burren or the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. Mostly, it’s the Irish people that will guide you to your love of Ireland.
Technology is integral to every part of the traveler journey. Whether it’s booking flights online, viewing your itinerary on a mobile travel app or reading hotel reviews, embracing technology is important. This is where a technology-driven travel management company, like Fox World Travel, excels. Here are key ways Fox stays on top of the trends in travel technology.